KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With President Petro Poroshenko slipping in the polls a week ahead of elections, Ukraine's government is trying to put a brave face on his achievements, insisting it is well...
Ukraine introduces new sanctions against Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has ordered new sanctions against Russian companies and individuals involved in construction and other activities in Crimea.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in the Ukrainian city of Poltava have arrested 10 people as nationalist demonstrators attempted to interrupt a campaign appearance by President Petro...
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian police said 15 officers were injured Saturday in a clash with far-right demonstrators who disrupted a campaign appearance of President Petro Poroshenko.
Ukrainian presidential ballot to have 39 names
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The ballot for Ukraine's presidential election will include 39 candidates, a marginally slimmer field after five contenders dropped out in recent days.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday promised life imprisonment for anyone convicted of military corruption allegations, including the incumbent...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian leading Ukraine's presidential race says the country needs to negotiate with Russia to put an end to fighting in the east.
Protesters in Ukraine call for president’s impeachment
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched across the Ukrainian capital Thursday calling for the impeachment of the country's president over embezzlement claims.
Ukraine’s ex-PM calls for president to be impeached
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's former prime minister on Tuesday called for the country's president to be impeached over alleged high-level embezzlement, amid an increasingly heated presidential...
Ukrainian president visits US destroyer on port call
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has gone aboard a U.S. warship making a call at a Ukrainian port, hailing its visit as a warning to Russia.
Ukraine candidate urges public to propose future Cabinet
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who is leading Ukraine's presidential election race on Monday urged his supporters to propose candidates for top government jobs.
Ukraine’s president wants UN options for peace force in east
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N.-mandated peacekeeping operation could be decisive in ending the conflict in Ukraine's east with Russian-backed separatists — and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...
Ukraine president signs amendment on NATO, EU membership
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Tuesday signed a constitutional amendment committing to join NATO and the European Union, acknowledging that the nation still has a long way to go to...
Ukraine: Comedian surges ahead in presidential election poll
MOSCOW (AP) — The latest opinion poll in Ukraine shows a popular comedian holding a strong lead in campaigning for the presidential election.
The survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and released Thursday shows 41-year-old comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV show, with nearly 27 percent of the vote.
Ukrainian president vows to push for EU, NATO membership
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine must join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions, Ukraine's president said Saturday as he officially launched his re-election campaign.
Ukraine has 44 presidential candidates in all-time record
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Election officials in Ukraine said Friday that 44 candidates have registered to compete in the March presidential election — a record for the nation.
The latest polls show that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged ahead of both incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the run-up to the March 31 vote.
Ukraine’s parliament votes to support NATO, EU aspirations
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament has passed constitutional amendment to commit to join NATO and the European Union.
Massive protests in Ukraine in 2013 centered on the then-president's refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, which was seen as a betrayal of the aspirations of many Ukrainians. The new government that took power in February 2014 committed to seek NATO and EU memberships, something that has worried Russia.
Ukraine’s exiled ex-president claims possible vote rigging
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's exiled former president, who was found guilty of fueling a deadly separatist conflict in the east, on Wednesday claimed there could be possible vote rigging in the country's upcoming presidential election.
AP Interview: Ukraine ex-PM accuses president of corruption
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A former Ukrainian prime minister who is a candidate in next month's presidential election accused the incumbent of corruption Monday — charges President Petro Poroshenko's office rejected as a lie as the race was heating up.
Head of Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church assumes office
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has officially assumed office in the capital of Kiev, a month after the church severed its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.
Metropolitan Epiphanius I, 40, was enthroned during a lavish service at St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev on Sunday, a month after the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Comedian takes lead in Ukraine presidential race, polls show
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian has taken the lead in Ukraine's presidential race, according to the latest polls released Thursday.
A poll by the Razumkov Center and two other organizations shows Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who played the nation's president in a popular TV series, surging ahead of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Russian leader assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has criticized Ukraine's move to set up a new Orthodox church independent from Moscow and promised to defend religious freedom.
Ukraine’s president announces re-election bid for March vote
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has launched his campaign for re-election in March's vote, which promises to be a bitter contest between him and a former prime minister.
Addressing supporters Tuesday in the capital of Kiev, Poroshenko said he hoped that Ukraine will push on with efforts to join both the European Union and NATO if he were to win another five-year term.
Ukraine’s ex-PM announces presidential bid
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, one of Ukraine's most popular and resilient politicians, has announced her presidential bid.
Opinion polls have consistently placed the 58-year-old, who was the country's prime minister between 2007 and 2010, as a front-runner in the presidential election set for March 31, ahead of incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
President: Ukraine’s new church throws off Russia’s chains
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the establishment of an Orthodox Church independent of the Russian church is a major step toward moving out of Russia's shadow.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence
ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686.
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the "Tomos" in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Campaigning in ambiguous presidential race starts in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A 90-day political campaign period has opened in Ukraine, where the incumbent president's future is uncertain.
President Petro Poroshenko hasn't yet announced whether he plans to run in a March 31 election, although he is expected to seek re-election. Monday marked the official start of campaigning.
Ukraine’s leader announces end of 30-day martial law
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's leader has announced an end to the 30-day martial law imposed after Russia seized Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea.
Ukraine announced martial law last month after Russian coast guards fired at and seized three Ukrainian ships and their crews. The 24 seamen still remain in Russian custody.
The incident is another episode in the long-simmering conflict between the two countries that started in 2014 with Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.
Ukraine’s leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow.
Orthodox believers rally to protest Ukraine parliament vote
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Over 1,000 believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church rallied outside the country's parliament Thursday to protest its demand that their church's name is changed to reflect its ties to Moscow.
Parliament passed a bill earlier Thursday demanding that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church explicitly indicate its link to the Moscow Patriarchate in its name. The church rejected the demand as unconstitutional.
Ukraine secures new IMF loan after making reforms
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian leader says the International Monetary Fund has approved a new loan for the country.
President Petro Poroshenko hailed the move as recognition of Ukraine's progress in stabilizing its economy and implementing reforms.
The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local):
Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.
The leader of the new autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be Metropolitan Epiphanius, a 39-year-old bishop from the Kiev Patriarchate.
Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.
Ukrainian ex-pilot Savchenko on hunger strike in prison
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A celebrated former Ukrainian military pilot in jail on charges of plotting an attack on parliament said Wednesday that she has started refusing food and water in protest.
Nadiya Savchenko called herself a political prisoner and said she wants to protest what she called blackmail and pressure by investigators.
Key Ukrainian church gathering slated for next week
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting next week that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, the country's leader said Wednesday, as the authorities ramped up pressure on priests to support the move.
The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pushed for the creation of an independent church as he faces March's presidential election.
Putin says he won’t take Ukrainian leader’s calls
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that he is not taking calls from the Ukrainian leader.
The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine burst into open on Nov. 25 when the Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews off the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he tried to reach Putin on the phone while the crisis was unfolding but that Putin was ignoring his calls.
Ukraine calls up reservists amid rising tensions with Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president announced a partial call-up of reservists for training amid tensions with Russia, saying Monday that the country needs to beef up its defenses to counter the threat of a Russian invasion.
The Kremlin dismissed the Ukrainian leader's statement as an "absurd" attempt to inflame tensions.
Ukraine: Leader pledges church choice for Orthodox faithful
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has promised the country's Orthodox Christian faithful they will be free to remain part of the Russian Orthodox Church after the creation of an independent Ukrainian church.
Amid deteriorating ties with Moscow, Kiev has been pushing for the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church that would be free of control from the Moscow Patriarchate.
Ukraine urges German naval presence in Black Sea
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's leader called on Germany and its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russia from further aggression in the region and said Russia was blockading Ukrainian ports on the nearby Sea of Azov.
Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is building up its land forces and weapons along the border, Ukraine's president said Saturday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia not to block Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine were still escalating a week after a naval clash in the Black Sea on Nov. 25 in which Russia fired on three Ukrainian naval ships then seized them and their 24 crew members.
President: Ukrainian Orthodox church will get independence
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president announced Thursday that the Constantinople patriarchy has approved a decree granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, a major boost to the president's approval ratings.
Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships in dispute with Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen tensions between the two countries following a weekend confrontation in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula.
Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea.
Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of events, with Ukraine saying Russia is preparing for a full-scale invasion and Moscow calling it a political stunt by an unpopular president facing tough elections.
Russia starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters.
After dispute with Russia, Ukraine to impose martial law
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what its president called "growing aggression" from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula in which Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels amid renewed tensions between the neighbors.
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
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A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — DNA he says he altered with a powerful new tool, AP learns.
2. MEXICO TO TAKE STRONG ACTION AGAINST MIGRANTS